Mighty Martin is in great form for lead­ers Oun­dle

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Sport - by MARK PLUM­MER

OUN­DLE could be for­given for feel­ing on top of the lo­cal crick­et­ing world right now.

The up­wardly mo­bile club’s three Northants League teams can all be found sit­ting pretty at the sum­mit of their re­spec­tive di­vi­sions for the first time.

Mighty Martin Van Der Merwe thumped an un­beaten 158 as their Satur­day first team crushed Ste­wart & Lloyds of Corby by 85 runs.

A knock of 93 from James Cham­bers was the high­light of the sec­ond team’s 90-run vic­tory over United So­cial in Di­vi­sion Eight while Oun­dle 3rds are fly­ing high in Di­vi­sion 13 af­ter a 43-run tri­umph over Mears Ashby 2nds.

Fif­teen year-old Jonny Dal­ley led the way with the sec­ond ton of his blos­som­ing ca­reer.

Oun­dle’s Sun­day first team are also lead­ing the way in the Rut­land League top-flight as they chase a sec­ond suc­ces­sive Di­vi­sion One ti­tle.

An­other team with their sights set on hon­ours are Cas­tor. They bashed Brig­stock by 97 runs to ex­tend an un­beaten start in Rut­land League Di­vi­sion Four to four matches.

Top four bats­men Luke Broek­man, Kieran Rodgers, Ashley Rodgers and Mark Wheat all hit half-cen­turies as they posted a mean to­tal of 291-7.

Cap­tain Rob Vi­tas is al­ready con­vinced that his side are bound for glory - so much so that he’ll strip off if they fall short!

“I have to say it is the worst stand- ard of cricket I have ever ex­pe­ri­enced,” said Vi­tas. “If we don’t win that league I will run the length of Cas­tor High Street naked!”

New­bor­ough took over at the top of Hunts Di­vi­sion One at the week­end thanks to a seven-wicket lo­cal derby vic­tory over Or­ton Park.

An un­beaten 57 from Andy Cado­gan and 41 not out from Ja­son New­man against his for­mer club made sure they eased past their vic­tory tar­get of 134 in just 21 overs.

Sawtry suf­fered the mother of all bat­ting col­lapses in their 67-run de­feat against War­boys at the same level. Their last five bats­men were all dis­missed with­out scor­ing.

There were plenty of fine in­di­vid­ual per­for­mances over the week­end.

Act­ing cap­tain Rob Tombs led by ex­am­ple for March in Rut­land Di­vi­sion Two as he cracked a maiden first-team ton.

Tombs clubbed a dozen fours and five sixes in his un­beaten 116 as they saw off Isham.

Ryan Hy­man cel­e­brated back-to­back cen­turies for Mar­ket Deep­ing 2nds with his con­tri­bu­tion of 108no eas­ing them to a seven-wicket win over Mar­ket Over­ton 2nds in Rut­land Di­vi­sion Six.

An­other man in the big num­bers was ev­er­green Hed­ley Stroud of Bourne 2nds whose 110 was not enough to pre­vent a de­feat at the hands of Kim­bolton in Rut­land Di­vi­sion Five, while Us­man Sadiq was un­beaten on ex­actly 100 as King’s Keys de­feated Oun­dle 2nds in Di­vi­sion Three.

Jon Dee fell three runs short of the cen­tury mile­stone but still played a star­ring role in Hampton’s vic­tory over War­boys 2nds in Hunts Di­vi­sion Three.

Other big in­nings came from Nigel King (82no) and Shi­raz Ma­lik (52) who did most of the dam­age as Cas­tor 2nds pow­ered past Burgh­ley Park by six wick­ets in a Hunts Di­vi­sion Two run-fest.

It wasn’t all about big scores though. Whit­tle­sey’s John Wat­son had East Carl­ton in a spin in Rut­land Di­vi­sion Four with sea­sonal best fig­ures of 7-15 in their 77-run suc­cess.

And he wasn’t alone in pro­duc­ing fab­u­lous fig­ures. Fif­teen year-old Jake Bur­ton took 6-23 as their sec­ond team put the boot into Tim­ber­land with a nine-wicket vic­tory in South Lincs Di­vi­sion Three.

An­other young­ster to im­press was Rob Ja­cobs of New­bor­ough 2nds. He fin­ished with ca­reer-best 4-33 to lay the foun­da­tions for a nine-wicket romp against S & L Corby 2nds in Rut­land Di­vi­sion Seven.

Tom Wil­liams also im­pressed with 4-6 as Stam­ford 2nds oblit­er­ated Clay­pole in South Lincs League ac­tion.

AK 11: Pic­tured be­fore their 114-run vic­tory over Bharat Sports are, from the left, Mo­hammed Kash­miri, Has­san Qureshi, Bhavesh Pa­tel, Mo­hammed Bashir, Ab­bas Qureshi, No­man Khan, front, Kadeer Ghazanfar, Zahid Nadeem, Mo­hammed Yousaf, Ali She­hzad, Tan­veer Hus­sain. (METP-19-06-10GM065)

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